Wish you could see the full res of this pic, its like a Where’s Waldo of Vietnamese fisherman, there’s dozens of people scattered about these boats at their daily grind. Even though this image is all about the details to me, still kind of cool as a long shot.
Just south of Siem Reap lies Tonlé Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest lake. Designated a UNESCO site, it harbors more than just an amazing array of animals. Since the lake and connecting river reverse flow twice a year and it goes from empty to enormous depending on the season, local fisherman have formed an entire town floating on the lake’s surface, with schools, stores, and even an alligator farm.
In northwest Vietnam, high up in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, lies Sa Pa, a magical landscape with thousands of feet and thousands of years spent carving the cliff sides into terraced rice fields. The light and color are inspiring, and the colorful locals and hill tribe people make it an even more beautiful place.
Any arduous journey should have its peaceful moments too, I highly recommend beaches to bookend a long expedition. I knew the 4 months I’d be trekking and traversing SE Asia would be rough on me, so I started my trip lazily on the paradise of Phuket, and ended it with a well deserved respite on Koh Tao, days filled with shipwreck diving, $3 massages, and dirtbiking around the islands rough terrain.